Drought Information Statement
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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
1237 PM MST WED JAN 25 2017

COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-
099-101-105-109-119-260745-
1237 PM MST WED JAN 25 2017

...A WET AND COOL DECEMBER AND JANUARY BRINGS SOME RELIEF TO
DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO...

SYNOPSIS...

AFTER A VERY DRY AND WARM START TO THE WATER YEAR...OCTOBER 2016
THROUGH SEPTEMBER OF 2017...LATE NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER STATEWIDE
PRECIPITATION LEVELS AROUND 170 PERCENT OF NORMAL HELPED TO BRING
SOME RELIEF TO DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS THE REGION. IN ADDITION...THE
WEATHER PATTERN ACROSS THE REGION THROUGH MOST OF JANUARY HAS
CONTINUED TO BRING RELIEF TO THE AREA...WITH PERIODIC EPISODES OF
A MOIST PACIFIC JET STREAM BRINGING ABUNDANT PRECIPITATION TO THE
REGION...ESPECIALLY FOR AREAS OVER AND NEAR THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF
THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE.

WITH THAT SAID...THE LATEST US DROUGHT MONITOR...ISSUED THURSDAY
JANUARY 17TH...HAS ELIMINATED DROUGHT CONDITIONS FOR AREAS OVER
AND NEAR THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE...NAMELY MINERAL COUNTY...CONEJOS
COUNTY...RIO GRANDE COUNTY...AS WELL AS MOST OF LAKE COUNTY...WESTERN
CHAFFEE COUNTY...MOST OF SAGUACHE COUNTY...WESTERN ALAMOSA COUNTY
AND EXTREME WESTERN COSTILLA COUNTY.

SEVERE DROUGHT (D2) CONDITIONS ACROSS EASTERN PORTIONS OF KIOWA
COUNTY HAS ALSO BEEN REMOVED...WITH MODERATE DROUGHT (D1) CONDITIONS
NOW INDICATED ACROSS ALL OF KIOWA COUNTY.

MODERATE DROUGHT (D1) CONDITIONS REMAIN DEPICTED ACROSS TELLER AND
EL PASO COUNTIES...EASTERN FREMONT COUNTY...PUEBLO COUNTY...EASTERN
HUERFANO COUNTY AND NORTHERN AND CENTRAL PORTIONS OF LAS ANIMAS COUNTY.
MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS ARE ALSO INDICATED ACROSS CROWLEY AND
OTERO COUNTIES...MOST OF BENT COUNTY...NORTHERN AND EASTERN PORTIONS
OF PROWERS COUNTY...AND EASTERN PORTIONS OF BACA COUNTY.

ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS ARE DEPICTED ACROSS EASTERN PORTIONS
OF LAKE...CHAFFEE...SAGUACHE...ALAMOSA AND COSTILLA COUNTIES...AS
WELL AS CUSTER COUNTY...AND THE REST OF FREMONT...HUERFANO...LAS
ANIMAS...BENT...PROWERS AND BACA COUNTIES.

MORE INFORMATION ON THE US DROUGHT MONITOR CLASSIFICATION SCHEME
CAN BE FOUND AT:

WWW.DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU/ABOUTUS/CLASSIFICATIONSCHEME.ASPX

DROUGHT IMPACTS...

FIRE DANGER...

A RELATIVELY COOL AND WET WEATHER PATTERN OVER THE LAST 2 MONTHS
HAS HELPED TO MODERATE FIRE DANGER ACROSS THE REGION.

THE LATEST INFORMATION ON FIRE BANS AND RESTRICTIONS CAN BE FOUND
AT: WWW.COEMERGENCY.COM/P/FIRE-BANS-DANGER.HTML

AGRICULTURAL...

DESPITE A RELATIVELY COOL AND WET DECEMBER AND JANUARY THUS
FAR...SOIL MOISTURE DEFICITS CONTINUE ACROSS THE AREA...ESPECIALLY
ACROSS CENTRAL PORTIONS OF THE SOUTHEAST PLAINS...WHERE THE VERY
WARM AND DRY FALL SEASON TOOK ITS TOLL ON SOIL MOISTURE.

HYDROLOGIC...

AFTER A VERY WARM AND DRY FALL...DECEMBER STATEWIDE PRECIPIATION
LEVELS AROUND 170 PERCENT OF AVERAGE...HELPED TO BOOST STATEWIDE
WATER YEAR TOTALS TO NEAR NORMAL LEVELS OF AROUND 98 PERCENT ON
JANUARY 1ST. JANUARY 1ST STATEWIDE SNOWPACK SHOWED A SIMILAR
TREND...COMING IN AT 114 PERCENT OF MEDIAN...AS COMPARED TO 96
PERCENT OF MEDIAN LAST YEAR. THE COOL AND WET WEATHER PATTERN
THROUGH JANUARY THUS FAR HAS BOOSTED THE CURRENT...AS OF JANUARY
25TH...STATEWIDE SNOW PACK TO 161 PERCENT OF MEDIAN.

IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN...JANUARY 1ST SNOWPACK LEVELS CAME IN AT 116
PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...COMPARED TO 124 PERCENT OF AVERAGE
AT THIS LAST YEAR. THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF SNOWPACK WAS LOCATED
ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE BASIN...WITH THE APISHAPA AND
PURGATOIRE SUB BASINS COMING IN AT 192 PERCENT OF AVERAGE AND 176
PERCENT OF AVERAGE...RESPECTIVELY. AS OF JANUARY 25TH...THE ENTIRE
ARKANSAS BASIN WAS AT 169 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL.

IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN...JANUARY 1ST SNOWPACK LEVELS CAME IN AT
109 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...COMPARED TO 126 PERCENT OF AVERAGE
AT THIS LAST YEAR. AS OF JANUARY 25TH...THE RIO GRANDE BASIN WAS
AT 168 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL.

WATER STORAGE ACROSS THE STATE AT THE END OF DECEMBER WAS 105 PERCENT
OF AVERAGE OVERALL...COMPARED TO THE 110 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE
AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN...END OF DECEMBER STORAGE WAS AT 101 PERCENT
OF AVERAGE OVERALL...AS COMPARED TO THE 128 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE
AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR.

IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN...END OF DECEMBER STORAGE WAS AT 86 PERCENT
OF AVERAGE OVERALL...AS COMPARED TO 89 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE
AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF DECEMBER
WAS 0.3 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. ALAMOSA RECORDED 1.08 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF DECEMBER. THIS IS 0.73 INCHES
ABOVE NORMAL AND MAKES DECEMBER OF 2016 THE 5TH WETTEST DECEMBER ON
RECORD. ALAMOSA RECORDED 10.2 INCHES OF SNOW IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER.
THIS IS 5.7 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND MAKES DECEMBER OF 2016 THE 11TH
SNOWIEST DECEMBER ON RECORD IN ALAMOSA.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF
DECEMBER WAS 0.5 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. COLORADO SPRINGS RECORDED 0.68
INCHES OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF DECEMBER. THIS IS
0.34 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND MAKES DECEMBER OF 2016 THE 13TH WETTEST
DECEMBER ON RECORD. COLORADO SPRINGS RECORDED 6.4 INCHES OF SNOW IN
DECEMBER...WHICH IS 0.7 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF DECEMBER
WAS 30.1 DEGREES...WHICH IS NORMAL. PUEBLO RECORDED 0.76 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION AND 4.4 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF
DECEMBER...WHICH IS 0.38 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND 1.1 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL...RESPECTIVELY.

HERE ARE A FEW OTHER STATISTICS FOR SELECT SOUTH CENTRAL AND
SOUTHEAST COLORADO LOCATIONS...INDICATING OBSERVED PRECIPITATION
TOTALS AND DEPARTURE FROM NORMALS:

...............PAST........PAST 3......PAST 6.......PAST 365........
...............MONTH.......MONTHS......MONTHS.......DAYS............
...............TOTAL/DEP...TOTAL/DEP...TOTAL/DEP....TOTAL/DEP.......
...............INCHES......INCHES......INCHES.......INCHES..........

ALS AIRPORT    1.08/+0.73  1.54/+0.09  4.29/-0.31   9.17/+1.86
COS AIRPORT    0.68/+0.34  0.75/-0.81  6.38/-2.55  14.35/-2.19
PUB AIRPORT    0.76/+0.38  1.54/-0.03  3.96/-2.76  11.91/-0.66

EADS           0.55/+0.17  0.79/-1.26  6.61/-1.42  14.81/-0.87
LAMAR          0.64/+0.24  0.92/-0.66  6.55/-1.45  17.56/+2.36
CAMPO 7S       0.25/-0.22  1.22/-1.07 10.30/+0.96  17.29/+0.33
WALSH 1W       0.44/-0.12  0.82/-1.89  8.40/-2.24  18.41/-0.75
KIM 15NNE      0.22/-0.41  0.93/-1.56  6.23/-2.77  13.60/-3.24
FLORISSANT FB  0.76/+0.25  1.36/-0.69  5.36/-4.29  15.16/-1.72
CANON CITY     0.83/+0.29  1.16/-0.93  5.38/-1.94  12.44/-1.03
RYE 1SW        1.04/-0.23  1.35/-2.59  7.95/-4.12  21.55/-3.56
WESTCLIFFE     0.43/-0.15  0.43/-2.12  4.32/-3.86  11.09/-3.46
WALSENBURG 1NW 1.10/-0.02  1.24/-2.27  4.80/-3.99  13.32/-4.72
TRINIDAD       0.11/-0.46  0.32/-2.33  6.21/-3.13  14.04/-2.27
CRESTONE 2SE   1.24/+0.71  2.24/+0.06  7.64/-0.34  13.39/+0.13
DEL NORTE 2E   0.67/+0.12  1.22/-0.73  5.25/-1.32   9.52/-1.04
BUENA VISTA 2S 0.42/+0.02  0.78/-0.88  4.14/-2.09   8.72/-1.87
CLIMAX         4.40/+2.42  6.61/+0.95 12.65/+0.32  25.03/+1.05

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC) OUTLOOK ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND
SOUTHEAST COLORADO FOR THE NEXT WEEK INDICATES BETTER CHANCES OF ABOVE
NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION. THE OUTLOOK FOR
FEBRUARY...MARCH AND APRIL INDICATE A SLIGHT TILT TOWARDS WARMER THAN
NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE...BELOW AND NEAR NORMAL
PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE AREA.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED BY FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10TH 2017...OR
SOONER IF NECESSARY...IN RESPONSE TO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN
CONDITIONS.

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RELATED WEB SITES...

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS MAY BE FOUND AT
THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESSES /USE LOWER CASE LETTERS/:

U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR: HTTP://DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU

SOUTHEAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL COLORADO PRECIPITATION AND DROUGHT
MONITOR: HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/PUB/LOCALDROUGHTMONITOR

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...

THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT INVOLVING THE NATIONAL
DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER...NOAAS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND
NATIONAL CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION...THE USDA AND STATE
AND REGIONAL CENTER CLIMATOLOGISTS. INFORMATION FOR THIS STATEMENT
HAS BEEN GATHERED FROM NWS AND FAA OBSERVATION SITES...STATE
COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICES...THE USDA...USACE AND USGS.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS DROUGHT
INFORMATION STATEMENT...PLEASE CONTACT...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
3 EATON WAY
PUEBLO CO 81007
PHONE: 719-948-9429
W-PUB.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV

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